My question is: How do you know your NP went to an online school?
I graduated from an online NP program, but from a brick and mortar school. They have both online and traditional NP programs. My diploma doesn't say a thing about how I got my degree.
So, you say clinicals are the most important part of school and I couldn't agree with you more. It is really how you learn and apply what you have learned from your classes. My clinical experience was good, but it's about what you put into it. I had to find my own preceptors, which at times was frustrating, but networked with people I knew which meant that I picked my preceptors. My clinical hours were the same as a traditional program.
I've said it before: you get out of ANY schooling what you put into it. I know great NPs who went to online schools
and horrible NPs who went to traditional ones. I know a couple of excellent MDs who graduated from schools in South America and I know an MD I wouldn't send my dog to that graduated from Harvard...